‘I am heartbroken’: Erica Hernandez positively identified as body found inside of vehicle pulled from Pearland lake, police says

Missing Houston mom found dead in Pearland
Missing Houston mom found dead in Pearland

PEARLAND – Pearland police said they positively identified Erica Hernandez as the body recovered inside her SUV that was found in a retention pond Tuesday evening.

Officials said they were notified on Wednesday by the Galveston County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Police said the investigation is ongoing to determine what lead Hernandez to the area and the cause of death and are awaiting the conclusions of the medical examiner’s report,

“Our investigators will leave no stone unturned, and we will look at anybody and everybody that was involved in this case,” said Jason Wells of Pearland Police Department.

Police: Body in SUV identified as Erica Hernandez
Police: Body in SUV identified as Erica Hernandez

Finding out what happened

On Tuesday, the family patiently waited in the neighborhood as dive teams searched the water and crews removed the vehicle. Ashley Hernandez, Erica’s sister, said the family wanted to see the vehicle but hasn’t been able to yet because it’s considered evidence.

“The car, I mean it’s her car. There’s a body in there, but I don’t really feel anything right now,” said Ashley.


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